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My review

I like my female leads to be strong and courageous, or at least grow in character as the book moves forward. Leah, as the main lead, was really iffy, she went back and forth so many times, that I went back and forth with my decision

To read or not to read, is the question…

To avoid DNF, I ploughed on. It took me 4 days to read the book in bits and pieces. I hated the main character. Though 80% of the book, I felt she is just using the male character, Ryan, just for her own fun.

Story is simple, Leah liked Ryan in high school but breaks off from him as he was too different (read it as slim, intelligent, and nerdy). They buried a time capsule then, now 20 years hence, they want to escavate that and put in a new one. There is a hitch, someone has put a camera roll in the time capsule and wants that truth to be buried. By the way, Leah does like Ryan now (read: rich, successful, drool worthy body)

The book by Jannine Gallant, at 368 pages, is too long and feels longer as the plot is too loopy and has no substance. The author has made an attempt to generate suspense, but unfortunately, it falls flatter than a pancake.

The only character I liked and kind of pitied was the male lead, Ryan Alexander; he is sweet and kind. Too bad, he makes the same poor choices yet again 20 years hence: liking Leah!!

The book goes on at snail pace, with the voice of the villains, making their appearance suddenly in the midst of ‘love story’ (read: neither love nor a story)

On the whole, an okay read (aka boring)

I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher, Lyrical Press, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

My rating : 2 stars

About the Author

Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories.

Book blurb

Leah Grayson has lived in Siren Cove all her life. It’s where she buried a time capsule with her fifth-grade class. But there’s something ugly going on in her pretty little town. When Leah organizes a reunion for her fifth-grade classmates to open their time capsule, they discover a roll of film no one remembers saving. Afterward, strange incidents begin happening.

Luckily, her first love is back in town, too. Ryan Alexander has made it big with a wildly popular social media startup.

With no way to know whom they can trust, Leah and Ryan will have to seek out the answers themselves . . .

Product Details

Publication date : 30th January, 2018

Publisher : Lyrical Press

Language : English

Available on Amazon

An insecure, undecided heroine is a boring book

42 Responses

  1. I hate books with weak, boring, no-depth female protagonists. End Of Story.
    That’s what makes any book a bad read!
    Too bad the book didn’t turn out great; it sounds just like those cheap, corny attempts at romance (or literature). The romance genre is FILLED with these corny books : D
    BTW, if you like a good romance story (that has SOME good plot in it, unlike this), I highly suggest reading any of John Green’s books (especially The Fault in Our Stars). Though they’re targeted for teens, almost everyone reads ’em ; )
    Great review, Shalini! : D


  2. Loved your perspective on this one… and how you described why the female MC didn’t like Ryan and then eventually liked him! lol.
    Very hard to enjoy a story when you don’t like the lead.

    1. She was one weird babe, I really stuck with the book till 70 %, it just dragged on and on, it’s 368 pages, of minimal plot. Then I took a huge jump to reach the ending and it was blehhh

        1. So true… I agree totally. The only book I remember DNF is the girl on the train… I think that was the name. I saw the movie instead… 😉

    2. I didn’t get love or lust from both of them. In fact, the male lead wonders the whole time if she is using him, yet cleans up the house for her… Hmmm. I need such a male lead in my life hehehe

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